There’s a woman named Wrigley-Field who never went to Wrigley Field

There’s a woman named Wrigley-Field who never went to Wrigley Field

Elizabeth Wrigley Field

Elizabeth Wrigley Field
Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Dr. Elizabeth Wrigley-Field never went to Wrigley Field.

“I built it in my head to be a big event,” she says. “I want to be on the scoreboard, reach out to the Cubs and work it out with them.”

The name is pure coincidence. Born to a mother with the surname Wrigley and a father with the surname Field, they initially didn’t want to cut the words, fearing they were setting her up to be excessively teased. But at the age of 7, Elizabeth decided she would like to go through both. When her family moved to New York, her parents enrolled her in the school system with the hyphenated last name, and the rest was history. She legally changed her name from Field to Wrigley-Field when she was 20.

“I love having the name,” she said. “We really weren’t a baseball family – my parents didn’t even notice [the connection] until a family friend pointed it out to them. They didn’t consider how much fun it would be to have that name.

Bounced around throughout the Midwest and East Coast throughout her life, Wrigley-Field, now a sociologist at the University of Minnesota, said she reacted least to it in Chicago itself.

“I think a lot of people in Chicago think I changed my name,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, there are so many crazy Cubs fans around, this one changed his name.'”

But it’s a great conversation starter almost anywhere else — although many people assume she’s had enough of being asked about it, Wrigley-Field thinks otherwise. She says it’s an easy way to have fun interactions with strangers and has sparked fun encounters with random people, whether she’s checking in for a flight or paying with a credit card.

“People are mostly really into it,” she said.

Her newborn daughter inherited her iconic surname, which Wrigley-Field says will make her first visit to Wrigley Field an even more special occasion, with two generations of Wrigley-Fields at the park.

As for whether she’s a Cubs fan?

“As far as I have a team, it’s the Cubs,” she said. “But I would say I’m more of a fan of the stadium.”

While there may be a Mr. Fenway-Park somewhere, Elizabeth may have one of the last stadium names that doesn’t sound completely and utterly ridiculous. I can’t imagine there being a Mary American-Family-Field or a John Minute-Maid-Park in the world.

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